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A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
A Jackson school girl lost her foot in a tragic accident and now two school bus drivers lose their jobs over the incident. However, the man who drove the bus that struck the 4-year-old is saying there is much more to the story, and he deserves to keep his job.
What happened on the Friday before Thanksgiving would forever alter Nadya Slocum's life. The 4-year-old stepped off her bus and into the path of another school bus. The injuries resulted in the amputation of the Walton Elementary Pre-K student's left foot.
The school bus driver responsible for striking the young girl has asked to only be referred to as David, and says the incident affects every moment of his day. He said he's still in shock.
"It's devastating. Makes me not even want to drive too much," David said. "I can't sleep. I can't hardly eat. [I haven't] really been eating lately, and I know I can't sleep. I toss and turn."
David was fired from Jackson Public Schools Dec. 6. He says he had been a JPS employee for nearly 15 years, primarily, as a mechanic. The 48-year-old says he would fill-in as a bus driver when he was needed.
Asked if he felt he was treated fairly by JPS, David said, "No, sir."
David said the horrible accident was not his fault, even though he pulled his bus around a stopped school bus. He said the reason for his actions was because he had no visual warning that students would be getting off of the stopped bus.
"No stop sign, no bar out, no indication waving me by, so that's what gave me reason to kinda go around," explains David.
The driver of the bus Nadya was on, was also fired. David admits some type of disciplinary action was in order, but he says termination is unfair and he wants his job back.
"I like my job. I've always been a hard worker," claims David. "[To] lose my job, [a] person my age? They don't want to hire you at 50-years-old."
Natasha Slocum, Nadya's mother, thinks JPS did the right thing.
"I feel that both drivers, both of them should have got fired. Because for one, if you feel like something was wrong, sir, you should have parked your bus, put your sign out and got off the bus instead of going around," argues Slocum.
David said if he had the opportunity to speak to the little girl and her family, he would tell them he is sorry for his actions. He claims he, too, has been traumatized by the incident, but he was never offered any counseling by JPS.
In an email statement from Jackson Public Schools, officials stated: "The Jackson Public School District cannot discuss personnel matters because of employee confidentiality rights."
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